Wes Johnson is the Owner of Lawson Hammock Company. He left his 9 to 5 job to combine his passion for entrepreneurship and his love of the outdoors. Today, The Blue Ridge Camping Hammock has been rated #1 by Backpacker and Outside Magazines.
Wes is a native of Raleigh, NC. He has traveled and lived in numerous places, but his love for community, family, and friends brought him back home. For him, the best part of living in Raleigh is seeing it transform into a cultural and professional hotspot.
WES IN 60 SECONDS:
Current Location: Raleigh, NC
Company Name: Lawson Hammock
Company Mission: Create unique, versatile, quality outdoor products that encourage people to get outside.
Favorite Place to Travel: Costa Rica
Travel Motto: Wing it.
Favorite Activity: Fishing and Scuba Diving
1) WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT TRAVELING?
Learning about/experiencing new cultures. Trying new things. Meeting new people and seeing new landscapes.
2) WHAT DOES YOUR ULTIMATE TRIP LOOK LIKE?
A mix of relaxing, exploring and adventure. Somewhere exotic and non-english speaking.
3) WHAT IS YOUR PERFECT DAY IN YOUR CITY?
My favorite off the beaten path spot is Dalat Oriental Restaurant It's this great East Asian Restaurant in Mission Valley I would either check this place out or go to Bida Manda to eat. On a nice day I like to go to the Busy Bee Rooftop (Mash + Lauter). Devolve Moto on Glenwood Avenue is an awesome adventure store with a pretty cool vibe. The North Carolina Art Museum park is also one of my favorite places to spend time with my wife Jackie and to take the dogs for a walk.
4) WHAT CULTURE HAS SURPRISED YOU THE MOST AND WHY?
The Spanish culture; it's so warm and welcoming.
5) WHAT'S THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM ALL OF YOUR TRAVELS?
To be open-minded and flexible...don't judge a book by it's cover and don't have too many expectations.
6) WHAT IMMEDIATELY CONNECTS YOU TO A NEW PLACE?
The energy of the place and the attitude of the locals.
8) WHAT IS YOUR NEXT TRAVEL-RELATED PURCHASE?
9) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON TO TRAVEL AND WHY?
I like to go somewhere warm in the winter. I also try to time travel so that it's not peak season wherever I'm going.
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